Bloom success for Erewash

Erewash has again achieved medal-winning success in the prestigious East Midlands in Bloom competition – with Long Eaton taking a top spot Gold Medal and Ilkeston winning the prestigious Silver Gilt Award.

 
News of the outstanding success of both towns in the Large Town category was announced on Wednesday 15 September during the awards ceremony at The John Fretwell Complex in Mansfield.
 
Impressed Bloom judges were bowled over by Erewash Borough Council’s colourful town centre floral displays, which have won widespread praise from local residents. They also enjoyed the appearance and facilities of both towns during busy tours of the area in the summer.
 
Councillor Mike Wallis, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Culture and Leisure, said:
 
“My congratulations go to the council’s ‘Bloom’ team who have worked tirelessly throughout the year planning, developing and maintaining our wonderful displays and ensuring Erewash is clean and welcoming.  This is the eighth successive year that both towns have been successful, an outstanding achievement.
“We are also very grateful to the many volunteers, residents and schoolchildren who have worked with us, and shown great community spirit in helping us care for our local environment.”
 
 
As well as the council’s floral displays, local businesses, schools and residents helped provide the bloom success through their commitment to providing colourful flowers and baskets.
 
To recognise this support, the East Midlands in Bloom initiative also presented special Judges Awards to the Friends of Straw’s Bridge, West Hallam for their dedication to the continued development of the nature reserve as a centre for wildlife conservation and a visitor destination and to Councillor Mike Wallis for his continued commitment to the “Bloom Initiative”.
 
This year’s Bloom competition also brought awards for two community entries, with Draycott winning Gold and Little Eaton taking Silver Gilt in the Small Town category.

Stanton consultation gets underway

The six week public consultation on Erewash Borough Council’s Stanton masterplan is now underway and will run until Monday 24 October.
 
Residents and businesses are being asked to give their views on the Stanton SPD (Supplementary Planning Document) that has been drafted by the council as a key guide for any developer wanting to put together a realistic planning application for the Stanton Regeneration Site.
 
The SPD document can be viewed via the homepage of the council’s website at www.erewash.gov.uk  where a comments form is also available to download.
 
Drop-in sessions for residents and business people to view the documents and talk to planners have also been arranged at the following locations:
 
Stanton by Dale Village Hall – Wednesday 21 September, 2pm-6pm
Sandiacre Memorial Institute, Doncaster Avenue – Friday 23 September, 2pm-6pm
Kirk Hallam Community Hall – Wednesday 28 September, 2pm-6pm
The Stute (Ilkeston Rugby Club), off Hallam Fields Road – Friday 30 September, 2pm-6pm
 
Paper copies of the SPD are available to view at all libraries in Ilkeston, Long Eaton, Sandiacre, Borrowash and on the mobile library in Long Eaton. It is also available at Ilkeston Town Hall, Long Eaton Town Hall and the Shopmobility centres in both towns. For residents living on the boundary edge of the borough, copies have also been placed in Duffield, Spondon and Allestree libraries.
 
While the council would prefer people to share their views via the comments form, comments will also be accepted for the consultation by email – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  - or letter. Write to Erewash Borough Council, Planning Department, Long Eaton Town Hall, Derby Road, Long Eaton, Derbyshire, NG10 1HJ.
 
Councillor Michael Powell, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Regeneration and Planning, says:
“This masterplan is an important document that will drive the development of the Stanton site and it is absolutely vital that our residents and business community have their say and help us to shape the expectations we have for the site.”
 
The Stanton Regeneration Site is featured in the council’s Core Strategy for redevelopment to provide, among other things, around 2,000 homes, a business park, a primary school, shops, open spaces, local jobs and other community facilities.
 
All documents (including the SPD, its accompanying Sustainability Appraisal (SA) and Representation Form) are available to view at www.erewash.gov.uk/planning-buildingcontrol/planning-policy/stanton-regeneration-site-supplementary-planning-document.html.
 

A night at the museum!

Tickets are now on sale for those brave enough to join a late night ghost hunt at Erewash Museum, a serious five-hour exploration into unexplained and haunted happenings within the historic building.
 
The overnight event begins on Saturday 29 October at 8.30pm through to 1.30am and will be led by a specialist paranormal investigation team. Strictly for adults (18 and over), those taking part will have the chance to take park in live experiments and discover behind the scenes areas of the museum.
 
Erewash Museum is based in Dalby House at Ilkeston, a late Georgian building with Victorian extensions that was previously a family home and school before becoming Erewash Borough Council’s museum in the 1980s.
 
Councillor Mike Wallis, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Culture and Leisure, says:
 
“There have been reports over the years, from our team and visitors, of unexplained activity at the museum, so this promises to be a very interesting evening. This is a serious investigation and not for the faint hearted – but if you’re brave enough it will certainly be a spine-tingling experience!”
 
Tickets are £28, which includes light refreshments, and are available from Erewash Museum. The museum is in Ilkeston town centre, a short walk from the Market Place. For more details contact 0115 907 1141, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or visit the Facebook page /erewashmuseum

Fireworks tickets launched!

Tickets for this year’s Erewash Bonfire and Fireworks display are now on sale, with the annual extravaganza at Long Eaton’s West Park on Saturday 5 November expected once again to attract thousands of people.
 
Organised by Erewash Borough Council, it is one of the biggest community bonfire and firework displays in the area and will have a ‘Best of British’ theme in honour of the Queen’s 90th birthday year.
 
The council is offering ‘sparkling’ discounts on tickets bought in advance – a family ticket (2 adults and up to 3 children) is £10, instead of the £15 payable on the night. Adults can snap up a ticket for £5 while anyone aged 16 and under or 60 and above pay £2 – both a £1 saving on the on-the-night price. Admission is free for children aged 5 and under.
 
Councillor Mike Wallis, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Culture and Leisure, says:
 
“Thousands of people from Erewash and beyond enjoy our Bonfire Night celebration, it is by far the biggest and best display for miles around. It might seem a long way off yet, but it makes sense to get your tickets sorted now and save some money at the same time!”
 
Tickets can be purchased from West Park Leisure Centre, Long Eaton; Victoria Park Leisure Centre, Ilkeston; and Ilkeston and Long Eaton Town Halls.

The way to West Park

Six new brown tourist signs have been put up around Long Eaton showing the way to the town’s Green Flag-winning West Park, the largest park in Erewash.
 
Erewash Borough Council has installed the signs at main junctions following a recommendation by Green Flag judges because of the size of the park and the number of visitors it attracts.
 
West Park was recently given the prestigious Green Flag Award for the second year running, an award that means it is one of the best in the country.
 
Councillor Mike Wallis, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Culture and Leisure, says:
 
“We are very proud of West Park and the substantial investments we have made to provide all the attractions within it. It is extremely popular and the signs will now make it easier for visitors to find and enjoy all the many family facilities the park has to offer.” 
 
West Park covers 127 acres and dates back to the early 1900s. It has an extensive range of sports and recreational facilities including field sports, tennis, an outdoor gym, skatepark, splashpad, bowls and a café and is enjoyed by thousands of visitors every year. A range of improvements have been made to the park over the last five years including new signage within it, improved play facilities and a significant tree planting programme.